Residents are being called on to invest in their future health this Self Care Week by making small changes that can make a big difference to them staying healthy and well.
Self-Care Week (12 – 18 November) is an annual awareness week dedicated to encouraging support for self-care across communities, with this year’s theme focusing on embracing ‘Self Care for Life’. Choosing ‘Self Care for Life’ is about everyone making improvements in to their lives to protect physical health and mental well-being.
The week long event aims to empower residents to take care of themselves and improve their understanding of the huge benefits of self-care. There are small steps everyone can take to lead to a healthier life, including:
• Get active: exercise for at least twenty minutes a day, it’s ideal to incorporate this into everyday routines.
• Eat well: healthy eating is crucial to good health so start by swapping unhealthy snacks for healthy options such as nuts, seeds and fruit.
• Make positive changes: Take steps to stop those bad habits by making a plan to stop smoking, reduce alcohol intake and get active
• Rest well: A good’s night’s sleep is as essential to health and well-being as eating healthily and exercising.
• Stop: Find time to just quieten your mind. Mindfulness or yoga might be helpful.
Choosing self-care for life is also about safely managing long term conditions and, understanding how to self-treat common minor illnesses or injuries, such as coughs and colds, at home with over the counter medicines or by taking advice from a local pharmacist.
Dr David Supple, Clinical Chair of NHS Brighton and Hove CCG, said: “Self-care means a person looking after their own health and well-being, and knowing how to take medicines correctly, treat minor illnesses and where the best place is for them to go for help when needed.
“It’s never too early or too late to begin to make small, simple changes that will enhance and protect your health now and, in the future. Often, one small, simple change can make a big difference to your long term health.”